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December 5, 2020

The Chhattisgarh

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‘Stones were thrown at my house’: Yuvraj Singh recalls 2014 T20I World Cup final

Yuvraj Singh was hailed as hero of 2007 and 2011 World Cup, as he played a crucial role in both the tournaments to help India win the ICC titles. The left-handed batsman was also named the player of the tournament in both the series. So, when he made a comeback for Team India in the 2014 T20 World Cup, there were huge expectations from the southpaw. The fans were expecting the left-handed batsman to showcase the same explosive nature of batting in the tournament and help his side win the title.

But, this time it wasn’t to be as Yuvraj struggled to get going throughout the tournament. In an interview, the batsman revealed that he even thought his career was over after the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka where he was targeted for his slow knock as India lost the summit clash. Yuvraj had managed a 21-ball 11 before getting out as India crawled to 130/4 in 20 overs, going on to lose the tie by six wickets against the Lankans in Dhaka.

“I always take full responsibility (for that inning). I did not play well. Unfortunately, that was a World Cup final. If it was any other game, scrutiny would not have been much. When I got back home, I felt like I was a villain. I remember getting out from the airport and luckily I had my headphones on…I got attacked by the media and they were literally shouting at me,” Yuvraj said on Sportscreen’s YouTube page.

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